Pittman done with the process

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Michael Pittman became a soft verbal soon after committing to UCLA, but now a Trojan commit, the nation's No. 4 athlete is ready to end the process.

Recent USC commit Michael Pittman gave his original pledge to UCLA last October and almost immediately began looking forward to visiting other schools.

Pittman would eventually de-commit from UCLA before taking unofficial visits to USC and Oregon earlier this month. Now the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star athlete says those unofficial visits were the last trips he will take of the recruiting process.

“I’m shutting it down because I’m done with the recruiting process,” said Pittman. “I’ve cut off communication with other college coaches and I’m just looking forward to my senior season now.

“SC is it for me.”

Committing to USC on July 4, Pittman ultimately chose the Trojans over the Oregon Ducks.

“I visited SC and I visited Oregon, but I just liked SC better,” said Pittman. “Oregon has a great school, great program and everything, but I felt like I fit better at SC.

“Oregon wanted me to play a slot, backfield position, and I don’t know a lot of guys who play that at my size. I wanted to be a true outside (receiver), and that’s what SC wants me as. That factored into it a lot too.

“I want to be able to use my size and get deep down the sideline. USC also plays their young guys early, which is nice.”

USC has four commitments in the class of 2016 that project to play the wide receiver position. It’s a group made up of three four-stars and one three-star, but Pittman isn’t worried about the competition.

“We’re just trying to pickup as many great commits as possible,” said Pittman. “No one is worried about who’s better. We’re all just trying to get together and build great relationships.”

Oddly, of the committed players for USC, Pittman is closest with an offensive lineman.

Frank Martin is who I’m tight with, mostly because he was the one doing my recruitment for SC,” said Pittman. “The other guys I’m just getting to know because I just committed.”

However, Pittman falls right in line philosophically with USC commits like Serra four-star safety C.J. Pollard when it comes to getting the Trojans back on top.

“So really, we just want to get USC back to being the old SC,” said Pittman. “They had some great talent that moved on and got drafted. I think they had two first round picks last year, so we’re trying to fill those spots and bring USC back to a national championship.”

Pittman, 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, wants to contribute to a championship run, but he wants USC fans to know that he doesn’t join the team with a sense of entitlement.

“I’m going to bring effort and work as hard as I can,” said Pittman. “I’m not coming in expecting anything.

“When you get to that level, you have to earn it. I’m all about working as hard as I can to help the team win games.”

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